VPN - Student help

Welcome to the SJC Virtual Private Network (VPN) instruction page. The VPN allows you to connect to campus computing resources from anywhere off-campus. 

1) Login and Preferences

To log onto VPN, enter your network name
and password and click
“Sign In”. This is the same username and password as your
email account.

Once you've logged in, you will be brought to a screen similar to the
one below.

Note the navigation bar in the upper right hand

  • Home – A link that will bring you to the home page with
    your bookmarks and files.
  • Preferences– A page that will allow you to change the
    order of your bookmarks and files and change your password.
  • Help– A basic “help” feature that will assist you if
    problems occur.
  • Sign Out – A log-out feature to terminate your VPN

2) Links, Drives and Files

Outlook Web Access is a quick link to SJC E-mail, just as you
would find it on the school website. However, this version of Web Access will
keep you linked in with VPN. While trying to access this page, you may receive a
“warning” regarding the web page's certificate. This is okay! Click “Continue”

You will notice the website is almost identical to the regular
Web-Access Page—the only difference being a small menu at the top-right of the

The two arrows will let you push the menu to the left of the screen.
You can put it back by clicking it again.

The second button will bring you back to the VPN main page.

The third button (the single arrow) collapses the menu.

The fourth button (life preserver) will bring you to the help menu

The brown door will log you out.

TIPS: Under Web Bookmarks, there is a little white box in the
right corner of the section. Clicking this will open a link in a new window.

Personal Drive: When you access your personal drive, the
M-drive , you will be brought to a directory.

•  Select your graduation year to begin (class of 201_).

•  Select your username.

You do not have access to folders other than your own

Instructional Drive: When you access the
I-drive , it is the same as on campus; simply browse for
desired file/folder.


•    You may view or download any file you have on your
available drives.

•  To download a single file, click on the title of that file.

When prompted, click on “save.” If you choose “open” instead, it will not be saved on your computer, and you will not be able to access it once it is closed. You will also loose any changes you make if you only ‘open' a file.

You will then have the option to change the file's name. Enter what you wish, and click “Save.” 

•  To download multiple files or entire folders, select the
check-box before the folder/document and click the “Download” button.

You'll be forced to save multiple files to a zip folder, and
you'll be asked to name that folder. Enter a name for the zip, click the
“download” button one more time and click “save” when prompted.

You'll then be asked again to name the file; do so, and hit
“save” one last time.

•    You may upload files to your available drives.

•  To upload files to your network drive, click the “Upload Files”

Similarly to attaching a file to an e-mail, you will see a
“browse” button. Click the first browse button. Find the file you wish to
upload and double-click it. (If you do not double click, you can single
click and hit “open”)

Repeat as desired. (You may upload up to 5 files at a

Once you've selected all your files, hit the “Upload” button
towards the bottom of the screen. A grey box will appear with a green status
bar. Do not close the bar until it says “Done.”


If you need to edit a file, ‘save' it to your computer!
You can then upload it back onto your drive.

If you only ‘open' it, there will be no record of it on your